First time winners on top at Houghton Hall

Houghton Hall produced three first time winners at its recent Jump Training event, with two of the three competing in British Eventing for the first time.

The Cambridgeshire venue attracted capacity entries for the British Eventing Winter Training series, where British Eventing accredited judges Antonia Brown and Milla Lanni were on hand to provide feedback to competitors.

The Jump Training BE90 class was won by a combination bound for the Mitsubishi Motors Grassroots Final in May. With a score of 14 penalties, Linda Tallett and Chad III [emember_protected custom_msg=’This content is only available to Members, to read more of this article please Join HERE or if you are a member please LOGIN‘]
took the victory ahead of Jo Thorogood and Ship to Shore in second and Katy Watson and Diversity Daybreak in third.

Linda and 14 year old Chad, who has also been competed at affiliated events by Linda’s Trainer Claire

Linda and Chad competing at Solihull 2015
Linda and Chad competing at Solihull 2015

Dodson, have qualified for Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE90 final after gaining their place at Solihull (2) last August. Linda starts affiliated eventing two season ago

“To start the season doing the Jump Training is an excellent opportunity to get you started again ready for the season. The instruction I had from Antonia and Milla was extremely useful and also reminded me of things I work on with Claire. Unfortunately I won’t be able to do any further JT or JAS this year as I’m going to Australia for a couple of weeks and they all conflict. However, Claire will be taking Chad to do a couple of JAS classes at Houghton Hall and Arena UK. All of these events are great to get you started for the season. I did my regional final at Solihull and amazingly we have qualified for the final. We are all very excited to be going to Badminton.

“Our current plan is to do Aston le Walls in March and Clare will also do Oasby and Goring Heath. I’ll then do Norton Disney followed by Solihull BE90 23/24 April. At which point we hope we are prepared for Badminton, with Chad having run over a couple of BE100 courses beforehand to increase his confidence and make Badminton seem easy. The rest of 2016 will be similar to 2015, with myself doing BE90 and Claire BE100 through the season, both hoping to get that qualification for Badminton Grass Roots 2017. We both adore Chad, he is such a character and does try hard to please.”

The BE80 Jump Training Class provided a win for Polly West on her first affiliated outing with Cloudbusting. With a two clear rounds and style mark of 23.5, they finished i.5 penalties ahead of Matilda Hawkings-Byass and Killapsic Scout. Third place was shared by Corrine Roberts and Fourstar Buck and Victoria Allin and Della Prima.

The victory in the JT100 Class went to Philippa King. Riding Shersheen Courage the won their first affiliated competition by a two penalties, ahead of Lucy Care and Foxhall Forged Mischeif in second and Josh Denton and Patchwork Patrick in third. Philippa was also fifth with Cahanagh Prince.

Sponsored by Baileys, Jump Training offers members and non-members the opportunity to show jump in a competitive environment under the watchful eyes of British Eventing Accredited Coaches. The competition includes a course walk followed by a guided warm-up before participants jump their first round. Riders then get given feedback from the coach before the second round is jumped. Both show jumping rounds are given marks for style, effectiveness of riding and the quality of the horse’s jump and its paces, with any faults over the two rounds included in the final score.

The next Jump Training competitions takes place at Bishop Burton College on Sunday January 17. The final will take place at Hartpury on February 20.

Houghton Hall Official Photographer: Lens Vanity Photography –

Sarah Carless Reporter at Large


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